Engineering student` direct experience in entrepreneurship

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Engineering student` direct experience in entrepreneurship
Autor Olaf Bassus, Andreas Ahrens, Jeļena Zaščerinska
In: PROCEEDINGS of the 6th International Conference on Engineering and Business Education
Ausgabe Windhoek, Nambia
ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-942100-03-8
Erscheinungsjahr 2013
Jahrgang 2013
Seitenzahl 93-100
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Abstract: Entrepreneurship is a key driver for economic growth, innovation, employment and social integration. Entrepreneurship for engineering students becomes a viable solution to overcome the unemployed or migrant status engineering students are exposed to in the context of enormous socio-economic and unprecedented demographic challenges. The integration of engineering and entrepreneurship (Esbach, 2011), teaching entrepreneurship to engineering students (Baum, McHargue, 2003, etc) and entrepreneurial potential (Wolfgramm, Grünwald, Bassus, 2011) have been investigated. However, engineering students’ direct experience in entrepreneurship has not been analysed. The aim of the research is to analyse engineering students’ direct experience in entrepreneurship underpinning elaboration of a hypothesis on engineering students’ entrepreneurship. The meaning of the key concepts of entrepreneurship and direct experience in entrepreneurship is studied. The empirical study was conducted within Baltic Summer School Technical Informatics and Information Technology held at Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia, in 2012. The findings allow drawing the conclusion on the engineering students’ direct experience in entrepreneurship. The hypothesis has been elaborated.